Staff Engineering Project Manager

American Water

At American Water, you can have more than a job. You’d have a purpose. We provide essential water and wastewater services to more than 15 million people every day, services that are vital to their lives every day. We take great pride in what we do, and it shows. Our commitment to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable water services to our customers is the foundation of our company. We offer an excellent benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, company paid life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and a 401(k) savings plan with company match. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Primary Role

Responsible for project management, engineering design, bidding, and construction management, etc. on multiple small to medium size projects relating to various aspects of the business. Responsibilities may also include the technical supervision over consulting project engineers, technicians, CADD operators and/or Construction Inspectors.

Key Accountabilities

  • Manages multiple small to medium size projects and perform varied engineering assignments associated with planning, design or construction. (30%)
  • Assist in the preparation of technical, bidding and contractual documents associated with delivery of capital investment projects. (20%)
  • Ensure scope and quality of work achieve the intent of all Design Concepts and Company standards for capacity, performance, reliability, safety and regulatory compliance. (15%)
  • Develops technical information and concepts into feasible and effective engineering approaches. (15%)
  • Develop strategic and strong working relationships with engineering firms, vendors, and contractors. (10%)
  • Assist in providing technical expertise on engineering and operational issues.
  • Supervises field and contract personnel to ensure timely completion of assignments, within budget and adherence to standards.
  • Adhere to Engineering Standards, specifications and, equipment manufacturer recommendations to support Center of Excellence initiatives.
  • Coordinate the pre-qualification and selection of consulting and construction organizations for projects using negotiation or competitive selection process.
  • Establish project budget and cost.
  • Contribute to effective communication by listening and providing constructive feedback; supporting the creation of an open and honest work environment; cascading and sharing knowledge and information relevant to other members of the team and colleagues across the business. (10%)



  • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering design theory and practice, project management, construction and contract management, water resources, water/wastewater facilities and utility operations.
  • Knowledge of current trends in water quality and treatment and other aspects of the regulated and non-regulated water industry.
  • General understanding of US regulations (commercial and environmental), legislation and trends impacting the water industry.
  • Sound business acumen and judgment.


  • Process, project and program management skills.
  • Quantitative Skills (e.g., analytical, technical, problem solving).
  • Effective people management (e.g., planning, organizing, controlling and leading teams).
  • Written and verbal communications (e.g., fluency in report writing and presentations).
  • Interpersonal skills (e.g., persuasion, negotiation, listening, cooperation, tact, diplomacy, problem solving, internal consulting)..


Minimum 4 years experience in water resources design and project management.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related field.
  • Certifications & Licenses: Engineer in Training (EIT) preferred

Travel Requirements


Work Environment



  • Champions safety
  • Customer obsessed
  • Cultivates innovation
  • Nimble learning
  • Drives Results
  • Collaborates

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